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Exhibition reveals intricacy and fragility of human body

Anatomical specimens that illustrate the structure and functions of human systems and organs will be on display at the "Body Parts" exhibition from tomorrow (August 20) to November 22 at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Through the display of the 179 anatomical specimens provided by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the exhibition aims to investigate the secrets of the human body and explore the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle by exhibiting diseased and normal organs.

Highlights include coloured-resin dye-injected specimens which clearly display the blood vessels of various organs, and a plastinated human body which demonstrates the position of the heart and lungs in the thoracic cavity.

Meanwhile, the Chinese University of Hong Kong also provides a computer-generated 3-dimensional "Virtual Human" presentation. With the world's highest resolution, this "Virtual Human" contains dataset collected from more than 10,000 digital axial anatomical images and it allows audiences an in-depth examination of the skin, muscles and bones of a human body.

Speaking at today's (August 19) opening ceremony, the Deputy Director (Culture) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Choi Suk-kuen, said that handling stress wrongly could have a severe impact on our health.

"The 'Body Parts' exhibition aims to introduce the structure and functions of the human body and the negative impacts brought about by an unhealthy lifestyle by showcasing specimens of human systems as well as diseased and normal organs," Ms Choi said.

The exhibition consists of eight parts with different themes and exhibits, supplemented with detailed explanations. They are: "Lifestyles and Health", "Cast Specimens", "Skeleton and Muscles", "Senses and Nervous System", "Respiratory and Circulatory Systems", "Digestive System", "Genitourinary and Reproductive Systems" and "A Closer Look at the Body". There will also be an introduction to the making of the "Virtual Human" and its wide applications.

To further unveil our genetic codes and the transformation of human beings, two films, "Journey of Man (Part I)" and "Journey of Man (Part II)" provided by the National Geographic Channel, will be screened from 3pm to 4pm at the Lecture Hall of the Science Museum on August 25 and September 8, 22 and 29 respectively. The films will be presented in English with Chinese subtitles. Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission to the Body Parts exhibition is $20, with half-price concession for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. There is no free admission on Wednesdays.

The Science Museum is located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon. It is open from 1pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays).

For details of the exhibition and related programmes, visit the Science Museum's website at . For enquiries, call 2732 3232.

Ends/Thursday, August 19, 2004
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